Morkan's Quarry

A Novel
Author: Steve Yates
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
ISBN: 0913785873
Category: Fiction
Page: 250
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In 1861, the Civil War severs Michael Morkan from everything he loves and all that defines him--from his son, Leighton; from his love, Cora Slade; and from the quarry he owns in Springfield, Missouri. Forced to give his black powder to the Missouri State Guard, he finds himself indelibly labeled a rebel traitor and is imprisoned in St. Louis. Back in the Ozarks, Leighton joins the Federal Home Guards in hopes of paroling his father. When Leighton finally frees him, the two are pitched in a last gambit for their quarry and for the legacy of the name Morkan.

The Legend of the Albino Farm


Author: Steve Yates
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781609531409
Category: Fiction
Page: 224
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The Legend of the Albino Farm is a horror story turned inside out. What if a thriving family were saddled with an unshakable spook tale? And what if that lore cursed them with an unending whirlwind of destruction from thrill seekers, partiers, bikers, and Goths? Hettienne Sheehy is about to inherit this devouring legacy. Last child to bear a once golden name, she is heiress to a sprawling farm in the Missouri Ozarks. During summer, childhood idylls in the late 1940s, Hettienne has foreseen all this apocalyptic fury in frightening, mystifying visions. Haunted by a whirling augury, by a hurtful spook tale, and by a property that seems to doom all who would dare own it, in the end, Hettienne will risk everything to save the family she truly loves. The Legend of the Albino Farm has haunted two generations of Sheehys and marred all memory of the family’s glory days. Worse, this spooky lore now draws revelers, druggies, motorcycle gangs, hippies, and later Goths to trample the land, set bonfires, and vandalize its structures, all while Hettienne’s aged aunts cling to privacy, sanity, and a rapidly deteriorating thirteen-room mansion.. From her youth, throughout her marriage and her rearing of her children, the Legend of the Albino Farm and the curse of the Sheehys drag at her and her family like a vortex. Haunted by a whirling augury, by a hurtful spook tale, and by a relentlessly judgmental Ozarks city, in the end, Hettienne believes she must make decisions that might compromise her family’s financial security but will severe them from an ever more dangerous legacy.

Some Kinds of Love

Stories
Author: Steve B. Yates
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781625340283
Category: Fiction
Page: 258
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Sometimes the opposite of love is not hate, but depravity. In these twelve stories set in the Missouri Ozarks, New Orleans, and Mississippi, Steve Yates reveals lovers clawing back from precipices of destructiveness, obsessiveness, cruelty, vanity, or greed. They seek escape and yet find new barriers, realizing true love may not be at all what they imagined. Pioneers, limestone quarry owners, young German American Civil War survivors, bankers, sex toy catalog designers, highway engineers, Pakistani terrorists, attorneys, missile guidance masterminds, and furniture factory workers (who can see the future) populate these pieces. From the Ozarks of the 1830s, when locals perceive doomsday in a historic starfall, to the near future at an all-night slow-pitch softball tournament when Armageddon looms yet again, these stories chart the dark side of love, the ties that bind families, and the sweet complications of human desire.

The Teeth of the Souls

A Novel
Author: Steve Yates
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
ISBN: 0913785555
Category: Fiction
Page: 694
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As the sequel to Morkan’s Quarry, The Teeth of the Souls tells the story of a marriage betrayed, a lifelong and secret love, and an Ozarks city riven by an Easter lynching. The story begins just after the Civil War when Leighton Shea Morkan, son of Irish immigrants, marries Patricia Grünhaagen Weitzer, daughter of a German banking family. Yet he can’t let go of his childhood love and wartime confidante, the house hand and former slave, Judith. Both unions produce children, one a shrouded secret, and one the heir to the Morkan legacy: the limestone quarries of Springfield, Missouri, and the bloody past, what Judith calls “The Teeth of the Souls.” Grounded in broad historical research and spanning Missouri’s reconstruction, vigilantism, and fall from grace, The Teeth of the Souls chronicles the violent melding of immigrant strains—Irish, German, Scots-Irish, and African American—into the fabric of the Ozarks.

On Longing

Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection
Author: Susan Stewart
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822313663
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 213
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Miniature books, eighteenth-century novels, Tom Thumb weddings, tall tales, and objects of tourism and nostalgia: this diverse group of cultural forms is the subject of On Longing, a fascinating analysis of the ways in which everyday objects are narrated to animate or realize certain versions of the world. Originally published in 1984 (Johns Hopkins University Press), and now available in paperback for the first time, this highly original book draws on insights from semiotics and from psychoanalytic, feminist, and Marxist criticism. Addressing the relations of language to experience, the body to scale, and narratives to objects, Susan Stewart looks at the "miniature" as a metaphor for interiority and at the "gigantic" as an exaggeration of aspects of the exterior. In the final part of her essay Stewart examines the ways in which the "souvenir" and the "collection" are objects mediating experience in time and space.

Slant of Light

A Novel of Utopian Dreams and Civil War
Author: Steve Wiegenstein
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780982880661
Category: Fiction
Page: 305
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Set during the brink of the Civil War, this beautifully written novel traces James Turner, a charming, impulsive writer and lecturer; Charlotte, his down-to-earth bride; and Cabot, an idealistic Harvard-educated abolitionist as they are drawn together in a social experiment deep in the Missouri Ozarks. Inspired by utopian dreams of building a new society, Turner is given a tract of land to found the community of Daybreak: but not everyone involved in the project is a willing partner, and being the leader of a remote farming community isn't the life Turner envisioned. Charlotte, confronted with the hardships of rural life, must mature quickly to deal with the challenges of building the community while facing her husband's betrayals and her growing attraction to Cabot. In turn, Cabot struggles to reconcile his need to leave Daybreak and join the fight against slavery with his desire to stay near the woman he loves. As the war draws ever closer, the utopians try to remain neutral and friendly to all but soon find neutrality is not an option. Ultimately, each member of Daybreak must take a stand—both in their political and personal lives.

Curiosity's Cats

Writers on Research
Author: Bruce Joshua Miller
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
ISBN: 9780873519229
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 272
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“Each morning I would strike out for this temple of learning in the crisp autumn air . . . with a sense of purpose and the conviction that this was where I belonged.”—Marilyn Stasio from “My Research Project” Inspired partly by Richard Altick’s The Scholar Adventurers, the fourteen writers in Curiosity’s Cats offer powerful arguments for the value of hands-on research, be it chasing documents, cracking mysteries, interviewing long-lost subjects, or visiting exotic and not-so-exotic locales. Alberto Martinez explains how diligence with dates can provide clues to unlock the most difficult historical puzzles. Jan Reid explores the difference between research for an epic novel and research to write the epic biography of a friend. Margot Livesey suspects that she continues to write novels simply to do the research. But every essay testifies to the fact that research is valuable not only because of the product that may result from it, but because the process itself fulfills a basic human need. Contributors include: Philip J. Anderson, Annette Kolodny, Theodore Kornweibel, Margot Livesey, Alberto Martinez, Bruce Joshua Miller, Katherine Hall Page, Jan Reid, Ali Selim, Marilyn Stasio, Ned Stuckey-French, Diane Turner, Bruce White, and Steven B. Yates. “Research has always seemed a bit like homework to me. Whatever the topic, I feel like a naughty schoolboy who’s cramming for an exam. What a relief to realize I am not alone. Through a variety of methods and circumstances, the writers in this fascinating collection demonstrate that research, like exploration, is challenging, maddening, frustrating, and exhausting. But like any great explorer (or naughty schoolboy), we know we cannot reach our goal without it, and the journey is often more rewarding than the destination.” Alan Cumming, actor and author of the forthcoming memoir Not My Father's Son “In our age of the Twitter and the Internet, it’s such a joy to see the art of the essay so alive and strong. Read this book and rediscover that real knowledge and connections still reside at the source: out in the field and inside the human condition.” Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author of The Blue Zones “No book has better portrayed the intimate, sometimes exasperating relationship between writer and research. It’s all here, and it’s never dull—the thrill of the chase, the unexpected discoveries, the crushing setbacks, the exhilarating ‘Aha!’ moments. There’s even a stray bookworm—yes, a real one—that literally wriggles off the page.” Patricia T. O’Conner, author of Woe Is I and, with Stewart Kellerman, Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language. “If you have ever sensed a marvelous story or a startling emotion hidden within a historic document, photo, artifact, or place, you'll find many kindred spirits in this inspiring book. It made me want to drop everything to set out on a grand intellectual adventure in the nearest archive.” Jack El-Hai, author of The Nazi and the Psychiatrist and Non-Stop: A Turbulent History of Northwest Airlines

An Edible History of Humanity


Author: Tom Standage
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 0802719910
Category: Cooking
Page: 288
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A lighthearted chronicle of how foods have transformed human culture throughout the ages traces the barley- and wheat-driven early civilizations of the near East through the corn and potato industries in America.

A Reader's Guide to James Joyce


Author: William York Tindall
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 9780815603207
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 304
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This text is designed to help readers to approach the difficult writings of James Joyce. Years of teaching Joyce's works and writing about them gave Tindall an authoritative and comprehensive knowledge about all of the pieces, from Dubliners to Finnegan's Wake. Tindall's summary and interpretation of the books in the Joyce canon emphasises allusions, relationships, and parallels in world literature and utilises his knowledge of psychology.

Sandy and Wayne


Author: Steve Yates
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780991065752
Category:
Page: 155
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Fiction. In SANDY AND WAYNE, Steve Yates reveals his talents in this gorgeous swoop of prose. Arranging his characters intimately against the vast Ozark Mountains, Yates moves flawlessly between the lives of Sandy Coker and Wayne Sheridan to the road crews reshaping the land. From their harbored ambitions to the secret that threatens to pull their lost hearts apart, this beautifully written novella tells a story of worlds colliding, of truths and consequences, as two people fall in love, reluctant to change with the world around them.

Joyce

The Return of the Repressed
Author: Susan Stanford Friedman
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 1501722913
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 330
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Did James Joyce, that icon of modernity, spearhead the dismantling of the Cartesian subject? Or was he a supreme example of a modern man forever divided and never fully known to himself? This volume reads the dialogue of contradictory cultural voices in Joyce’s works—revolutionary and reactionary, critical and subject to critique, marginal and central. It includes ten essays that identify repressed elements in Joyce’s writings and examine how psychic and cultural repressions persistently surface in his texts. Contributors include Joseph A. Boone, Marilyn L. Brownstein, Jay Clayton, Laura Doyle, Susan Stanford Friedman, Christine Froula, Ellen Carol Jones, Alberto Moreirias, Richard Pearce, and Robert Spoo.

Text Genetics in Literary Modernism and other Essays


Author: Hans Walter Gabler
Publisher: Open Book Publishers
ISBN: 1783743662
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 410
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This collection of essays from world-renowned scholar Hans Walter Gabler contains writings from a decade and a half of retirement spent exploring textual criticism, genetic criticism, and literary criticism. In these sixteen stimulating contributions, he develops theories of textual criticism and editing that are inflected by our advance into the digital era; structurally analyses arts of composition in literature and music; and traces the cultural implications discernible in book design, and in the canonisation of works of literature and their authors. Distinctive and ambitious, these essays move beyond the concerns of the community of critics and scholars. Gabler responds innovatively to the issues involved and often endeavours to re-think their urgencies by bringing together the orthodox tenets of different schools of textual criticism. He moves between a variety of topics, ranging from fresh genetic approaches to the work of James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, to significant contributions to the theorisation of scholarly editing in the digital age. Written in Gabler’s fluent style, these rich and elegant compositions are essential reading for literary and textual critics, scholarly editors, readers of James Joyce, New Modernism specialists, and all those interested in textual scholarship and digital editing under the umbrella of Digital Humanities.

Coping with Joyce

Essays from the Copenhagen Symposium
Author: Morris Beja
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
ISBN: 0814204678
Category:
Page: 280
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Transcripts of five major addresses and thirteen other essays reflecting the most recent Joyce scholarship as manifested at the 1986 symposium. Ranging widely over the body of Joyce's work, but with somewhat stronger emphasis on Ulysses and Finnegans wake, these articles apply varied analytical approaches such as the process indicated by verbs, modernist ideology, cinema, pedagogy, and ALP's final monologue. Appropriately, perhaps, there is here a great deal of language awareness, both fundamentally and as epiphenomena--these writers delight in puns as well as incisive scholarship. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The Miracle of Meditation

Lighting the Light Within
Author: Steve Yates
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781682905968
Category:
Page: 108
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In all of my clinical studies about different therapies aimed at helping people find balance, peace of mind, and relationship help, I began to realize that what the psychologist of the day were describing in their therapeutic approaches was the same things that the ancient spiritual masters were teaching thousands of years ago. Who was a better psychologist then Jesus? Who understood more about the ego, and overcoming yourself then the Buddha? My efforts in writing this book is to provide some basic ideas and approaches to beginning a meditative practice. I thought it helpful to provide the reader with not only techniques, but glimpses of where meditation can ultimately take you. I hope that you will be inspired to enter this sacred path as a result of reading this book. When we stop looking outside ourselves for all the answers and learn to "light the light within,” we will finally claim our birthright as a true son or daughter of God.

White River Chronicles (p)


Author: N.A
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
ISBN: 9781610754576
Category:
Page: N.A
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The Evening Spider

A Novel
Author: Emily Arsenault
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062379305
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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A gripping blend of psychological suspense and historical true crime, this riveting novel—inspired by a sensational real-life murder from the 1800s—by critically acclaimed author Emily Arsenault delivers a heart-stopping mystery linking two young mothers from different centuries. Frances Barnett and Abby Bernacki are two haunted young mothers living in the same house in two different centuries. 1885: Frances Barnett is in the Northampton Lunatic Hospital, telling her story to a visitor. She has come to distrust her own memories, and believes that her pregnancy, birth, and early days of motherhood may have impaired her sanity. During the earliest months of her baby’s life, Frances eagerly followed the famous murder trial of Mary Stannard—that captivated New Englanders with its salacious details and expert forensic testimony. Following—and even attending—this trial, Frances found an escape from the monotony of new motherhood. But as her story unfolds, Frances must admit that her obsession with the details of the murder were not entirely innocent. Present day: Abby has been adjusting to motherhood smoothly—until recently, when odd sensations and dreams have begun to unsettle her while home alone with her baby. When she starts to question the house’s history, she is given the diary of Frances Barnett, who lived in the house 125 years earlier. Abby finds the diary disturbing, and researches the Barnett family’s history. The more Abby learns, the more she wonders about a negative—possibly supernatural—influence in her house. She becomes convinced that when she sleeps, she leaves her daughter vulnerable—and then vows not to sleep until she can determine the cause of her eerie experiences. Frances Barnett might not be the only new mother to lose her mind in this house. And like Frances, Abby discovers that by trying to uncover another’s secrets, she risks awakening some of her own.

Pennsylvania in the War of the Revolution, Battalions and Line. 1775-1783


Author: John Blair Linn,William Henry Egle
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Pennsylvania
Page: N.A
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Faces Like Devils

The Bald Knobber Vigilantes in the Ozarks
Author: Matthew J. Hernando
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
ISBN: 0826273343
Category: History
Page: 320
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In the twenty-first century, the word vigilante usually conjures up images of cinematic heroes like Batman, Zorro, the Lone Ranger, or Clint Eastwood in just about any film he’s ever been in. But in the nineteenth century, vigilantes roamed the country long before they ever made their way onto the silver screen. In Faces Like Devils, Matthew J. Hernando closely examines one of the most famous of these vigilante groups—the Bald Knobbers. Hernando sifts through the folklore and myth surrounding the Bald Knobbers to produce an authentic history of the rise and fall of Missouri’s most famous vigilantes. He details the differences between the modernizing Bald Knobbers of Taney County and the anti-progressive Bald Knobbers of Christian County, while also stressing the importance of Civil War-era violence with respect to the foundation of these vigilante groups. Despite being one of America’s largest and most famous vigilante groups during the nineteenth century, the Bald Knobbers have not previously been examined in depth. Hernando’s exhaustive research, which includes a plethora of state and federal court records, newspaper articles, and firsthand accounts, remedies that lack. This account of the Bald Knobbers is vital to anyone not wanting to miss out on a major part of Missouri’s history.

Suits

A Woman on Wall Street
Author: Nina Godiwalla
Publisher: Atlas and Company
ISBN: 193463395X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 350
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A fiercely ambitious woman from the Persian-Indian community ventures from Houston to New York to follow her dream of working in the world of banking and finance in pursuit of success, honor and family pride.